Fairisle Junior School praised for award-winning sustainable travel initiatives

Pupils from Fairisle Junior School attended Southampton City Council’s Full Council meeting on Wednesday 19 September to receive recognition for their award-winning sustainable travel initiatives.  

Fairisle Junior School is one of 119 schools in the country to have received the Gold award from Modeshift STARS (Sustainable Travel Accreditation and Recognition Scheme). Modeshift STARS is a national scheme acknowledging schools that have excelled in encouraging active travel on the school run. The Gold award is the highest accolade on offer and goes to schools which have demonstrated a sustained commitment to active travel initiatives over a prolonged period. Crucially, schools must evidence a 5% reduction in car usage amongst parents and guardians over a three year period in order to secure the coveted Gold award.

Fairisle Junior School has achieved this by working closely with My Journey and participating in a number of different activities to encourage active travel on the journey to school. This includes scooter and cycling training to improve children’s confidence and participation in Walk to School Week and Travel Tracker, an initiative to record pupils’ daily mode of travel and reward those who travel actively with badges and resources.

The school organised a road closure as part of a child-friendly street design project in partnership with Southampton City Council and Sustrans. The event allowed pupils and staff to trial street furniture and traffic calming measures to highlight issues surrounding traffic and to encourage more people to travel sustainably on the journey to school. The project was an opportunity to engage with local residents and received regional TV coverage.

In June earlier this year, Southampton City Council’s School Travel Team presented the school with a Golden Rose to commemorate their Gold Modeshift STARS award.

To further recognise their fantastic efforts, Fairisle Junior School’s Head Boy and Girl and pupils from the school’s ‘Learning Leaders’ were invited to attend Full Council and deliver a presentation about how they achieved their Gold award and what they have planned for the future. They were accompanied by the school’s Head Teacher Peter Howard and Assistant Head Teacher and School Travel Champion Holly Cleveley.